The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: March 2, 2012

Photo of the Week

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese, and BGen Sue E. Turner, USAF ’73 and board member of the San Antonio Area Foundation attended ELEVATE, a women’s conference for UIW alumni and friends, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at The Bright Shawl.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services
All are welcome. 

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays

Lenten Quiet Hour
The season of Lent calls us to slow down, reflect, and draw closer to God. To help each of us do this, University Mission and Ministry (UMM) is setting aside “quiet time” in Our Lady’s Chapel from 12:30-1:30 p.m. each work day during the season of Lent. Prayer and scripture resources will be made available in the chapel. For more information or Lenten resources, contact UMM at 210-829-3128 or

Daily Lent Scripture
“He shall take away the sins of many and win pardon for their offenses."  Isaiah 53: 11. Find the Daytime Prayer at

Weekly Reflection
Message of his Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2012
“Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works.” (Heb 10:24)
The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in anticipation of the joy of Easter. Read entire message at: Message of his Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2012


Paul Fayfich, instructor and information systems coordinator, purchases a plate from the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at “Shrimp Boil 2012,” held Wednesday, Feb. 29 on Dubuis Lawn.

Bishop Oscar Cantu to speak on the Eucharist and being a Eucharistic Community
At the invitation of University Mission and Ministry, Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of the San Antonio Archdiocese will present and discuss the Eucharist and being a Eucharistic Community. The presentation will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2 in Mabee Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Beth Villarreal at 210-829-3128 or

Dealing with Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Stress is a body’s physiological response to the daily demands place on oneself. Although stress may not be avoidable, it is manageable. This program discusses the different types of stress and provides positive coping strategies for leading a healthy lifestyle. Join the Graduate Support Center for “Dealing with Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3, in Mabee Library Special Collections. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at

Cardinal Preview Day
Attending Cardinal Preview Day is a great way to learn about Incarnate Word. Prospective students can speak to a representative from every major and take a tour of the campus. Information on financial aid, athletics, support services and more will be available. Special sessions for transfer students will be held. For more information or to register for the event online, visit

Effective and Engaging Presentations
Graduate students are invited to come learn tips and strategies for keeping an audience interested and alert during class presentations. Dr. John Perry will present, “Effective and Engaging Presentations,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 5 and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10 in Mabee Library Auditorium. Participants will learn how to integrate advanced PowerPoint features, public speaking strategies and build rapport using non-verbal cues. For more information, contact Dr. David Ortiz at 210-283-6454 or at  

Open Football Practice Session
UIW football would like to invite all students, faculty, and staff to observe an open workout session from 5:15-6:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Benson Stadium. For the last several weeks, the football team has undergone “winter boot camp,” where the players performed a series of agility drills while broken up into teams and will be taking part in a mini-competition between players under the early morning lights. For more information, contact Eli Phillips at 210-883-1000 or

Resume Basics
Resume Basics will be held from 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Library Auditorium. The 30 minute presentation will focus on essential resume elements. For more information, contact Career Services and Professional Development at 210-829-3931.

“Ride the Wave to Wellness” Fair
UIW Health Services will host “Ride the Wave to Wellness” Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in Marian Hall Ballroom. Approximately 55 businesses from the San Antonio Community will participate along with the UIW departments of counseling, music therapy, the Student Dietetics Association, residence life, the School of Optometry, and the School of Pharmacy. The fair will provide active wellness promotion; free health screenings including dental screenings, vision tests, blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, and BMI testing; as well as diabetes, heart, and cancer awareness information; skin care, pet care, music therapy, healthy recipes and tastings, and therapeutic shoulder and neck massages. A wellness game will also give participants the opportunity to win prizes donated by vendors. For more information, contact Marveen Mahon at 210-805-3549 or

Happy Days
Join Sodexo for “Happy Days,” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Marian Hall. Enjoy hamburgers, fries, corn dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, and sweet goodies such as cotton candy, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, churros, and a sundae bar. Cost is $7.50 per person. For more information, contact Josh Price at 210-805-5874 or

Women’s History Month 2012 at UIW
UIW is celebrating Women’s History Month with a number of nationally acclaimed speakers and a great variety of ethnic and religious diversity. Events include:

  • Celebrating Women in Prayer, Story, Dance and Song, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Chapel of the Incarnate Word
  • Women, Social Justice and the Environment Symposium, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 9, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • The Gaia Factor art exhibition opening, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, Semmes Art Gallery
  • "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, Mabee Library Auditorium
  • Peru: Women Guiding Women, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Fine Arts B03
  • Kick-off Reception for Women and Gender Studies, 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Mabee Library Special Collections

For a complete list of events or for more information, visit

Department News

Women’s Basketball Moves Forward in Conference Tournament
UIW women's basketball defeated Midwestern State and will face West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Conference Tournament Semi-Finals on Saturday. A watch party is being hosted at the Student Center at noon Saturday, March 3, for fans to gather together and watch the game. For more information, contact Rick Smith at

Communication Arts: UIW Students to Participate in “Proyecto U”
Five UIW students will be participating in the first production of “Proyecto U,” a new innovative educational partnership program that offers students, from universities and colleges in San Antonio, comprehensive work experience and coaching under the supervision of the Univision 41 news department. UIW students will have the following roles: Joel Flores-Sanjur, anchor one; Ryan Bazan, sports anchor; Prinzezz Lopez, floor manager; Ivonne Martinez, graphics; and Sochy Ortiz, producer. The production will air as part of the weekend news at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3 on Univision-41.

Changes to UIW Payroll System Now Effective
Webtime entry has replaced the university’s paper timesheet system. The new payroll system will allow all daily hours, submissions, and approvals to be submitted electronically online. If you have questions, please email the Payroll Department at

Special Tailgating and Ticket Price for UIW Departments and Student Groups
The excitement of Cardinal Athletics continues to build in anticipation of the 2012 football season under new Head Coach Larry Kennan. Don’t miss out on this memorable season! Season tickets are now on sale for the 2012 football season at A special tailgate package has been created for UIW departments – for $500, you will receive a season pass for tailgating and 20 general admission tickets to each home game. Individually purchased, this package would cost more than $1,400. Additionally, season tickets in the reserved seating section start at $100 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact Rick Smith at 210-283-6448 or

The UIW Eye Institute is now on Facebook and Twitter
The UIW Eye Institute at the Rosenberg School of Optometry is now on Facebook and Twitter! The Eye Institute will be posting general eye health information, staff and doctor profiles and biographies, special offers in the UIW Eye Institute Optical, and updates on when staff, interns, and doctors will be offsite at health fairs or doing vision screenings for the public. Search Facebook for UIW Eye Institute, and on Twitter @UIWEyeInstitute.

“Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good”
The Texas Pax Christi 2012 State Conference will host the interfaith forum "Where in the World Is Compassion? Creating Ongoing Relationships for the Common Good.” Dr. John Esposito of Georgetown University and Dr. Ali Asani of Harvard University, along with a panel of Muslims of diverse groups will share on compassion at a dinner from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Marian Ballroom. RSVP for the free dinner at or 210-367-2042. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Esposito, Asani, and representatives of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, will share their thoughts and ideas on compassion and creating relationships for the common good. Pre-registration is required for the events on Saturday, March 24. Cost to attend is $20 and $10 for students. To register, contact Karen Ball at or 210-764-1267. For more information, visit

Extended Academic Programs

Karen Wyatt, director of UIW’s Center for Veterans Affairs (VA), hosted a rededication of the new VA Office, now located on the second floor of the Watson Enrollment Building.

EAP Leadership Attends Conference
EAP leadership attended the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference held Feb. 29 through March 2 at the Omni Hotel. EAP had the opportunity to work with other educational institutions to develop ways to educate the workers.

Porter Attends Meeting in Washington
Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president for EAP, is a member of the Education Advisory Board’s Continuing and Online Education Forum.She and 40+ other thought leaders advise the research/think tank on important matters facing adult programs.Porter attended a meeting in Washington D.C. to talk about social media, healthcare employer needs in the future, and the organizational alignment of successful online programs.

Community News

UIW will present the 2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show Monday, April 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel located at 101 Bowie Street. Registration and silent auction begin at 10 a.m. followed by the fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Tables are still available at $1,000, and $750, and individual tickets are available for $75. Raffle tickets are also available for $100 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold and the ticket holder need not be present to win. The winners will win one of three prizes: a $5,000 pendant and earring set donated by Dennis Jewelry Co., a trip for two with first-class airfare, to New York City donated by Corporate Travel Planners with a retail value of $7,000 or cocktail ring donated by Neiman Marcus valued over $11,000. For information or to make reservations, call 210-829-6013. All proceeds fund scholarships for students in UIW’s fashion management program. 

SA’s United Arts Fund theFund Campaign
TheFund campaign has kicked off at UIW and will run through the end of March. A minimum donation of $60 gets you the theFund Card for discounts to arts events at 27 cultural organizations in San Antonio, and a t-shirt (if you write a size at the top of the donation form). 100 percent of workplace donations benefit these organizations.Campaign captains are distributingforms in your area, and these are to be returned to Dr. Bob Connelly, CHASS, at CPO 68.For more information, call 210-829-6070.

From the Office of the Assistant to the President for Campus Safety and Community Relations
As many of you may have noticed the City of San Antonio has installed delineators outside the ICC/Hildebrand gate.The following instructions are for entering the UIW Campus at the ICC Hildebrand/281 Area:

  • From North San Antonio: Take 281/I-37 south, exit onto Hildebrand Ave. and take a left. Get in the turn lane and take a left on to the North 281/I-37 entrance ramp. UIW Entrance on the right.
  • From Downtown San Antonio: Take 281/I-37 north, exit onto Hildebrand Ave. Go straight (like you are re-entering the highway) on to the North 281/I-37 entrance ramp. UIW Entrance on the right.
  • From Broadway: go up Hildebrand Ave. towards 281/I-37 and the entrance is on the right. If you miss that entrance you can take the 281/I-37 north entrance ramp and another UIW entrance is on your right.

Read Across America Library Display
National Read Across America Day is observed Friday, March 2, which is also Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The National Education Association has organized a dual initiative to foster reading practices and celebrate the birthday of the famous Dr. Seuss. Mabee Library is proud to celebrate Read Across America by setting up a display on the second floor of the library commemorating Dr. Seuss. Mabee Library invites the UIW community to stop by and reminisce through Dr. Seuss favorites from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, March 31. For more information, contact Leticia Mariniz at 210-832-2119 or

“The Tempest”
The UIW Department of Theatre Arts will present “The Tempest,” a magical tale of revenge, love and redemption at Coates Theatre. Performance dates and times include:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and $6 for groups of 10 or more. UIW students, faculty and staff are admitted for free. For more information, contact Chrissie Young at 210-829-3800 or at

Eye Clinic on Main Campus and Spring Break Special
The UIW Eye Institute will be on main campus to conduct comprehensive eye exams and contact lens exams from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 5 in Marian Ballroom. Cost for examination is $15 for students, $50 for employees with Vision Care, and $10 VSP co-pay. To promote eye health and protection from harmful UV rays over spring break, any student, staff, or faculty member who schedules and completes a comprehensive eye exam will be put into a drawing to win a pair of non-prescription designer sunglasses. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Health Services at 210-829-6017.

Fourth Annual Student Media Gala and Silent Auction
The 4th Annual Student Media Gala and Silent Auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. The gala provides UIW students the opportunity to gather and celebrate a year's worth of students' work at the Logos Newspaper, KUIW Radio, and UIWtv station. Nina Duran, UIW alumna and co-editor-in-chief of “La Prensa” will preside as the guest speaker of this year’s gala. A dinner will be provided by Cachito de Mexico, and a silent auction will be held to benefit and expand the knowledge and experience of students working for the Logos, KUIW, and UIWtv. The event is open to the public. Cost to attend is $25 per person or $160 for a table of ten. For more information, contact Henry McDonnell

International Conference of Cultural and Social Aspects of Research
The International Conference of Cultural and Social Aspects of Research will be held March 22-24 at the UIW International Conference Center. The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration among scholars, practitioners, educators and graduate students from multiple disciplines. This conference will be an international forum for those who wish to present their research projects and discuss international, multicultural, social, and migration issues in education and the workforce. The complete conference program is available online at Cost to attend is $275, $100 for faculty, and $75 for students or virtual attendance. For more information, contact Dr. Noah Kasraie at 210-829-3133 or

Volunteers Needed for Swing-In Auction Party and Golf Tournament
Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to volunteer for the 35th Annual Swing-In Carnival event. Volunteers can either help Thursday, May 3 for the auction party and Friday, May 4 for the golf tournament. Available shifts include 5-8 p.m. or 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, or from 5:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, April 16. To volunteer or for more information visit or, contact Liz Valerio at or 210-832-2127.

Free Tax Returns for Low Income Taxpayers
Volunteers in Income Tax (VITA) will be completing free tax returns for low income taxpayers and free e-file from 10 a.m. to noon through Saturday, April 14 in the UIW Administration Building basement, room 62. Low income taxpayers must meet the requirement of making $50,000 per year. Those interested must bring social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, a driver’s license, W-2 forms, a copy of last year’s tax return, a checkbook for direct deposit of the refund, and form 1098-T for students. To e-file, both spouses must be present to sign the IRS form. For more information, contact Tracie Edmond at 210-283-5004 or

Earth Day
Earth Day 2012 is Sunday, April 22, with on-campus observances set for Monday, April 23. The Earth Month committee is currently soliciting ideas for on-campus activities that day, and is also interested in hearing about any environmentally-friendly UIW activities occurring any time this semester, for mention on our web site and possible integration into the April 23 programming. Please send your information or ideas to

Coffee Drive for Haven for Hope
Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization in San Antonio that helps transform the lives of homeless men, women and children, is experiencing a shortage in coffee. University Mission and Ministry (UMM) in collaboration with the UIW Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are sponsoring a coffee drive for the organization through Thursday, May 31. The UIW community is invited to bring by regular/automatic drip coffee to the UMM offices at AD 147 anytime throughout the spring semester. For more information, contact UMM at or 210-829-3128.

The Epsilen ePortfolio
The Epsilen ePortfolio, designed to allow UIW students, faculty and staff to create a unique online portfolio, is now available at no cost. This lifelong resource allows users to manage their complete educational profile, work history, and life experience; incorporating calendars, wikis, blogs, notes, drop boxes, and other interactive tools. There is also a resume builder to help you create an online resume. Users may control who may access their ePortfolio, sharing information they feel is relevant with their colleagues, other educational institutions, or even potential employers. The Department of Instructional Technology has created a series of video tutorials designed to teach you how to build a portfolio at: Training Tutorials . Click here to create an Epsilen ePortfolio account: Epsilen Registration.

Faculty Focus

Faculty members attended a panel discussion on scholarship on Tuesday, Feb. 28, as part of the UIW Extramural Associates Research Development Award Fifth Annual Research Week at Marian Hall Ballroom. Pictured (L-R) Dr. David Fike, senior research statistician; Randall J. Griffiths, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions; and Dr. David Ortiz, director of the UIW Graduate Support Center.

Undergraduate Faculty Survey Responses Due Today
The Learning Assistance Center is re-evaluating tutoring services for our students. To help us with this goal, all UIW undergraduate faculty are invited to complete a survey of student writing needs. The survey was sent by e-mail on Monday, Feb. 20, and responses are due by Friday, March 2. For more information, contact Cristina Ariza at or 210-283-5020.

Interfaith Educational Events Appropriate for Classes
The UIW community is invited to read of upcoming educational events appropriate for class assignments, learn of the many UIW activities in response to President Obama’s Interfaith Service Challenge and see pictures of student involvement at and

High Schools

IWHS Celebrates 130th Anniversary and “Salsa & Scholarships”
Incarnate Word High School will celebrate its 130th Anniversary and “Salsa & Scholarships” on Sunday, March 25. Mass begins at 10 a.m., and a fajita dinner, silent auction, games, art expo, entertainment and more begins at noon. Early bird tickets are $15 and tickets the day of the event are $20. The ticket includes the fajita dinner with all the trimmings. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit or to assist with the event, contact Joyce Horner at 210-832-2143,

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at


Our prayers and sympathy go to:

  • Doreene Castro & family on the recent loss of her husband, Jimmy A. Castro (BA ’78). Pamela Brake Havel & family on the recent loss of her husband, Donald Richard Havel (Former UIW Administrator).
  • Joan Hurst (BA ’87) & Brita Marie Andrews (BSN ’88) and their families on the recent loss of their mother, Madelyn Holden.

  • Henrietta Longoria (Aramark) & family on the recent loss of her father, Alfred S. Longoria, Sr.

  • Liz Parks on the recent loss of her husband and Jimmy Parks, Jr. (BBA ’96) & family on the recent loss of his father, James B. Parks.

  • Yvonne and Donald Varney (UIW friends) & family on the recent loss of her mother, Emilia Vives-Atsara (widow of former faculty member,Jose Vives-Atsara).

  • Myrna & Patrick Walsh (BBA ’00) and Alana J. Walsh (BS ’99) & family on the recent loss of their aunt; the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word; and the entire UIW community on the recent loss of Sr. Nora Marie Walsh, CCVI (BSN ’67).

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit